Looking for trip suggestions

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 11:15
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The family and I had plans to travel around the red centre and on the way home cross the simpson desert. Had to put that trip on hold due to a lack of funds and a few other reasons.

We now plan to go and check out Camerons Corner, Innaminka and maybe Birdsville. We will have 2-3 weeks so need some suggestions for other places to visit. Thinking of going to Broken Hill as well so if you can include that in any suggestions please do.

Just want to keep the trip in or close to NSW as we are located on the NSW Central Coast. We prefer bush camping (free camps) but will stay in caravan parks if needed to get a good shower etc.

There are a heap of you guys out there with plenty of klm's under your belt so look forward to reading the suggestions.
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Reply By: stew1978 - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 11:28

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 11:28
Forgot to mention that we will be travelling in a 100 series cruiser with tents so not towing anything. We will be travelling alone though
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 13:24

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 13:24
Hi stew1978, The trip you have outlined already will take every bit of 3 weeks to do, that's if you want to see anything. Have you planed your trip from day to day or are you just taking it as it comes.

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Follow Up By: stew1978 - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 21:57

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 21:57
Not sure at this stage. We usually plan things day to day but that said we are looking for a more relaxed trip this time round. If we like a place we want to be able to stay longer etc..

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Reply By: Member - Michael and Chris (QL - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 17:26

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 17:26
Hi mate, I can't see why you couldn't do all three corners, Cameron, Hadden and Poppells in three weeks with plenty of time to see whats around.
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Reply By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 23:16

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 23:16
A bit over 12 months ago we did a trip with friends within NSW.

We live on the Central Coast and first day we drove from here, through Orange and Bathurst, onto Condobolin and camped at Lake Cargellico. There are quite a few free camps around there and there's plenty of water in the lake.

From there we headed west to Ivanhoe. Instead of going to Hillston we followed the railway line to Ivanhoe. Had a beer, or two, there and went on to Menindee Lakes. We camped in the National Park beside the lakes. Heaps of water there at the moment (last week at 101% with the recent floodwater still to come). Some of these roads might be closed at the moment, or soon, because of floods.

If you haven't been to Broken Hill, you should spend some time there. It's a really interesting town. We went up to the Sculpture Symposium on top of a hill out of town and watched the sunset. We had a key from the Tourist Info Centre and we drove up the hill. We took chairs, chooks, a couple of drinks and cameras. The sunset took over an hour up there, then we watched the night rise, the Indian Pacific head into the desert, meteorites and satellites putting on a show and Broken Hill light up.

Silverton is another interesting place with it's pub, art galleries and old silver mines. Seeing what the old timers put up with, in the middle of nowhere, really makes you sit up and think about what we have.

From Silverton we headed north and spent a couple of days driving along the border, following the Dingo Fence to Camerons Corner. Another good spot for a beer and a photo, or three.

The drive from Cameron Corner to Tibooburra, through the Jump Up Country, is a nice, realtively easy drive, depending on when you're going to be out there.

Tibooburra is a good town. It has everything you would need to refuel and restock. The people are friendly, the town has two pubs and a caravan park. The Caravan park isn't much chop but it does the job if you need to have a shower and do some washing. There is National Park camping not far from town.

From there you can head north to get up to Noccundra, Thargomindah or out to Innaminka. We went east to Wannaring, Bourke, Nyngan, Gilgandra and home, but it's too wet out that way at the moment to go that way.

I hope that helps a bit.

Hoo roo,

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Reply By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:06

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:06
Hi Stew,

If you go to Innaminka and then Birdsville you could return home via the Birdsville Track to Marree and then down to Leigh Creek and from there back through the Flinders, (there are a couple of access points from the highway) across to Broken Hill etc.... I did a blog on this trip in reverse not long ago (Lake Eyre and Then Where) if you are interested in photos of the area.


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Reply By: Crackles - Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 12:19

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 12:19
The area you are looking at Stew has a very common loop that many new to outback travelling take.
Starting at White cliffs have a look at the Opal mining possibly spending a night underground before cutting accross to Milparinka, Mt Poole & Tibooburra. Quite a bit of history including that of several explorers to look at then up through the Stuart National Park, Olive Downs to Camerans Corner.
Take the Bore Track short cut to Innamincka basing here for a few days looking at Coongie Lakes & the Bourke & Wills historical sites. (fishing) Continue accross to Birdsville via Cordillo Downs again spending a couple of days with a run out to Big Red.
Down the Birdsville track take the time to look about & slip out to Lake Eyre or where ever the waters flowing. Marree has a bit of Gahn railway history then down to the ochre pit, Farina & Lynhurst. Stop off at the Leigh Creek mine then over to Arkaroola via Yadnina.
Do the Gammon Ranges loop, Chambers Gorge then cut accross to the main road finishing off at Broken Hill for a few days.
3 weeks would give sufficient time although plenty do it in 2 without all the looking around.
Have fun, Cheers Craig...............
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Reply By: Member - Graham Watson (SA) - Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 21:02

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 21:02
The March issue of "On The Road Magazine" has an article on Sturt National Park (Cameron Corner) and another on the Strezlecki Track.
We did a trip from Adelaide up the Strezlecki to Innaminka, then through Camerons Corner to Tibbuburra, down to Broken Hill and back to Adelaide over 2 weeks in July 2011.
If staying at Innaminka and you don't mind being away from crowds and facilities (other than Long Drops) I would heartily recommend staying at Cullymurra Waterhole. In the Sturt National Park we stayed at Fort Grey Campground (just near Lake Pinaroo). The campground had plenty of space and the first night we had it to ourselves, although the second night there were another 8 small parties there.
We found the track from Cameron Corner to Tibbuburra to be very corrugated. The alternative 4wd track was in much better condition.
Photos of our trip are located here. Photos at Innaminka start on page 5. Photos of Camerons Corner and Sturt National Park start on page 23. Click on an image to enlarge it.
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